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Summer Reading 

The Tao of Pimpin' by Blue

The Tao of Pimpin' introduces the philosophy of the Tao (the way) using the oldest profession in the world: Pimpin. Her book provides a much needed enlightenment on understanding the way the world works and finding your inner pimp. Each chapter, though short, gives useful insight into dealing with people. It is the ultimate code of conduct for finding peace in an urban time and a concrete jungle. Blue uses wit, a deep understanding of contemporary culture, and her rebellious mind to create a book that will surely keep you hooked for the rest of the sunny season. Find out more about Blue and her new book that comes out July 21.

An Ancient Pimpmaster teaches a young pimp that through simplicity, kindness, and going with the flow, she can pimp these hos peacefully and sustainably.
— Blue

Hi Blue, so glad you could take the time to speak with us. For those who don't know you, please tells us a little about yourself.

I am a professional Super Villain who moonlights as a do-gooder from time to time. Currently, I'm most interested in training young women in the art of subterfuge. I used to stick it to The Man in petty, thuggish ways, like stealing office supplies and toilet paper from government buildings. But that kind of villainry only benefited me. So, through the arts, I decided to use my evil super powers as a public service. Nowadays, I communicate in code to all who are able to pick up the blissful "fuck it" frequency. I believe that a lot of people could benefit from saying "fuck it" to any force that aims to stop them from enjoying life. 

You have dabbled in various creative mediums and outlets, which has been your most challenging to date and why?

My most challenging creative medium has been musical performance. I'm a very shy person, but singing and playing instruments on stage requires me to face the world in an intentional way. I totally understand why people fear public speaking more than death: dead people don't get booed. I have used performance as a therapy to help me get over my fear of people and to challenge my inclination to isolate and hide. Overall, it has been a very rewarding experience that has made me a lot of money. If given a second chance, I'd do it all over again.

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The Tao of Pimpin' has just been released and we tested out some excerpts from your book at the Northside Festival with great success. What was the motivation behind the book? Why did you decide to write it?

My early experiences in the mean, mean streets of abject hooderdom led me to believe that the world was a hostile, unpredictable place and I was all alone in it. Despite achieving my PhD in social psychology and my success in the performing arts, I couldn't shake my social paranoia. So I embarked upon a quest for enlightenment which eventually led me to The Tao. I read Lao Tsu's Tao Te Ching and thought "this book is full of great ideas, but all this poetry and shit makes it a pain in the ass for a thug to read." So I translated the Tao Te Ching into a language I could understand: the language of pimps and hos (a thug knows pimps and hos. It's the oldest profession in the world).

I used several translations of the Tao Te Ching to help me understand what the chapters truly meant. The process was tough, but once I internalized the lessons, they made perfect sense (there's a lot of healing in shit that makes sense).  After I finished translating the Tao Te Ching into The Tao of Pimpin', I recognized that others who are similar to me might benefit from such a read. So I searched for a publisher and found Bailey Girls publishing...or perhaps Bailey Girls found me. In its essence, The Tao of Pimpin' is a how-to book for dealing with people. Readers can engage with it however they want. 

The analogy of the Pimp, the Ho, and the Trick is the foundation on which the book is created. Who are these personas and how will we know which ones we are?

The Ancient Pimpmaster teaches us that a pimp is simply someone who sells hos to tricks. Furthermore, a ho is someone who is sold by a pimp to a trick in exchange for protection and security. A trick is someone who buys a ho from a pimp. These three, the pimp, the ho, and the trick, make up the core of the dynamic process of pimpin'. We can often identify who's playing which role by asking simple questions like "what do you want?" "how will you know you've got it?" and "what are you gonna do with it when you get it?" The answers given depend less on the individual and more on the context in which the question is asked. All have played all roles at various times, but regardless of the position, the best players are the ones paying attention to the game. 

What are some of the oddest jobs you have done so that you can pursue your craft?

I always wanted to be a background singer. I sang with a few bands, but I was fired from all of them. So I started a solo career in order to sing backup for myself. I thought that was pretty odd.

What is next on the horizon for you?

I'm working on an audiobook and learning to play the koto. 

You can find Blue's new book on her website Battle Cry of the Butterfly